It’s a month since I passed my driving test. Four weeks of legally being allowed to drive anywhere I want on my own. Overall it’s been very successful, including being able to pick Greté up from the railway station after midnight and a long train ride from London. It might not seem like much, but to me, it’s priceless knowing I could get there and get her home safely.
In general the actual driving is still hit and miss. Some trips are great, some aren’t so great. I drove to Twycross Zoo and back on Saturday and the whole journey was brilliant, confident, smooth and safe. Some mornings the drive to work feels like I’ve only had 1 lesson and driving is some alien skill I’ll never acquire.
Oddly, I seem to drive better in my walking boots, despite having almost no tactile feedback from the pedals because the boots are massive and rigid, than I do in my regular boots in which I can feel the pedals much more closely. I was sure it would be the other way around, perhaps it’s related to thinking about it all too much.
Sometimes I think the person behind me must be incredulous at the lack of skill I display, and then I try and remember that I hardly ever analyse the skill of the driver in front of me. With L plates, you just assume the driver behind is cursing the bloody learner, but without the L plates I’m not sure anyone even notices the mistakes.
Eventually, people assure me, it’ll all just fade into the background and driving will be like everything else, just something you do without thinking about too much.
But those folk don’t realise how much I think about everything I do …